Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, the government of Cameroon has put up a great fight against the spread of the deadly virus. The president of Cameroon, had handed a gift worth FCFA two billion to be distributed to all the 360 sub-divisions to help fight against the spread of corona virus. Just 7 days after this was announced, the distribution process was official launched by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji. Heavy trucks loaded with hygienic products and medical kits left Yaoundé to Cameroon’s ten regions.
During the distribution ceremony, Paul Atanga Nji handed over the truck loads to administrative officials who will in turn hand it over to regional governors to distribute at local levels.
Cameroon’s First Lady, Chantal Biya also makes nationwide donations to fight COVID-19 pandemic. Through The Circle of Friends Cameroon (CERAC), a humanitarian unit by the First Lady, they embarked on nationwide distribution. This donation will be benefited by orphans, transporters and markets. Many teams were sent out with health care materials and other equipments to many localities to donate to the population.
In Yaoundé, the distribution was supervised by Governor Naseri Paul Bea. Face masks, soap, buckets, hand sanitizers were handed to representatives of the Nfoundi Market, transporters’ unions as well as the “Marie Mere de la Misericorde” orphanage in Yaoundé. In Bamenda, CERAC donated 200 liters of water barrels, 1,500 face masks, 29 buckets for hand washing and 29, 20 liters each of washing cans. It was supervised by the Northwest Governor, Adolphe Lele L’afrique accompanied by CERAC representative in the Northwest, Mme Corine Lele.
Ecobank donated anti-Coronavirus kits worth FCFA 70 Billion to Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, as support in the fight against COVID-19 in the country. This package was handed by the Managing Director of Ecobank, Gwendoline Abunaw who addressed the press, saying Laquintinie is the only hospital benefiting from the gesture because it receives higher number of patients. The kits contained 100 hospital beds, 30 buckets hand sanitizers, 7 respiratory machines, 2,000 packets of surgical gloves and 20 gallons five litre each of hand disinfectant.
Cameroon in a bid to fight COVID-19 has implemented many measures which have proven successful as the number of recoveries from the dreaded virus is on the rise.